Looking for an easy ocean animal craft to do this summer? This paper jellyfish craft is a perfect craft activity to keep your kids busy on a lazy summer day.
It is a great under the sea craft to make with preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-age kids.
It comes with a jellyfish printable template that you can cut out and glue together. There is plenty of cutting and gluing involved. This means it an excellent craft to work on kids’ scissor skills and fine motor skills! Add this craft idea to your summer camp craft list and kids will have lots of fun making this beautiful jellyfish craft!
The jellyfish’s tentacles are made of colorful paper chains which look super cute when the kids wiggle it. You can also make it a hanging jellyfish craft by making a loop using yarn and sticking it behind the jellyfish head.
Looking for more summer craft ideas? Check out these fun summer craft ideas for kids of all ages.
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Supplies you need to make a Paper Jellyfish craft for kids
- Jellyfish printable (You can download it by signing up to our newsletter below)
- White A4 cardstock (to print the Jellyfish’s head)
- A4 Construction papers of different colors to make the paper chains.
- Watercolor (or crayons or color pencils)
- Glue stick
- Yarn and clear tape(optional, only if you want to make it a hanging jellyfish)
- Stapler (optional)
Tutorial-How to make paper jellyfish
Download and print the jellyfish template on A4 cardstock. You can access the printable library by signing up for our newsletters below.
Kids can now color in the jellyfish’s head and the wavy layer that comes below it. We used green and yellow watercolor for painting our jellyfish template. You can also use crayons, color pencils, etc.
Cut out the parts-head, wavy layer and the eyes. Apply glue on the top rectangle part of the wavy layer. Stick the jellyfish head to this rectangle with the wavy layer coming below. Stick two eyes on the jellyfish’s face.
Let’s make the paper chains now. Print the last page of the jellyfish template on different colored A4 construction papers (if you want a multicolored chain). We used yellow, light green, and dark green papers for our paper chain. You can also print it on white paper and color it.
Now cut out the rectangles from the template. This gives an excellent exercise for those little hands to practice their scissor skills. Kids may still need adult help for this part depending on their age and skill-level. They may not come out as perfect rectangles which is okay.
Cut out more rectangles if you want a longer paper chain.
How to make a paper chain
Once you have enough paper strips, let’s start making the paper chains.
Take one paper strip and glue or staple the ends together to form a loop. Now, take a second strip and insert it through the loop. Glue or staple its ends together to form an interconnected loop. Now, take a third paper strip and thread it through the second loop. Again, glue or staple the ends of the third paper strip to form a third loop. Continue this until you are happy with the length of the paper chain. We used 9 to 12 paper strips for one paper chain.
To stick the paper chain to the jellyfish’s head, thread a paper strip through the first loop of the paper chain and glue the ends together to form a leaf-kind of shape, instead of a circle.
Stick the leaf-shaped loop on the back of the jellyfish’s head.
Make three or four more paper chains the same way. Threading the paper strips and sticking them together give good fine motor practice for kids. Making paper chains can be a great family activity too. Smaller kids can help pick the paper strips while grown-ups make the loops.
Once you have made the paper chains, glue them behind the jellyfish head. And that’s it. You have made a beautiful jellyfish craft.
We made two of them. Aren’t they so pretty? You can also hang it like a windchime by sticking a loop of yarn behind it.
If you liked this paper jellyfish craft, check out this recycled egg carton shark which is another great under the sea craft project!